Sony Xperia XZ1 & XZ1 Compact Review

Xperia XZ1

We brought you news of Sony’s launch of two new smartphone devices in its flagship Xperia family; the Xperia XZ1 & the Xperia XZ1 Compact.  We were also live at the official launch of the  new phones. Over the past two weeks we have been putting the phones through their paces.

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Design

The  XZ1 and XZ1 compact are nicely designed, albeit a little dated.  In a time when competitors are going for a bezeless  look, the XZ1 range maintains a bezel around the screen.

​Both phones feel sturdy and durable and  the larger XZ1 feels  lightweight, at 156g and measuring 146 x 73 x 7.4mm,  when holding.  The XZ1  on the other hand  feels  a little more clunky , at 143g and measuring in at 65 x 129 x 9.3mm.

The 5.2″ display on the XZ1 provides crystal clear as it makes use of Sony’s BRAVIA® TV technology, playing HDR shows and movies in high quality resolution.

It was a  little hard to adjust to the smaller 4.6″ display on the Compact model and while not to the  same standard of the XZ1, the compact still provides a crisp picture courtesy of its 720p HD resolution.

​Both phones are easy to manage with one hand  with the fingerprint sensor conveniently located on the right hand side of the devices. The fingerprint sensor also doubles up as a lock / power on/off  button.

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Around the sides of the devices of the devices you will also find the volume buttons,  sim card slot, memory card slot and charging  port.

Performance

Once you’re set-up and running, which is very easy by  follow the steps displayed on-screen, both phones run like a dream, courtesy of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform. These are also one of the first handsets to come with the new Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

Both phones also come equipped with a 2,700mAh battery , which despite extensive use easily saw you through a full day.

Camera

Both devices  boast a  19MP rear-facing camera with Motion Eye technology.

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The camera’s come with some cool features, such as the Predictive Capture tool. Predictive Capture automatically starts buffering images before the shutter button is pressed by intelligently recognising subtle movements like a smile. The user can select a moment that may not have been captured from a selection of up to four shots.

Autofocus Burst is also a feature where the camera intelligently follow its subject, adjusting the focus to make sure fast-moving, action shots stay sharp.

My favourite feature of the cameras on these devices is  the ability to capture videos in super slow motion at 960 frames per second. This allows you to capture video’s that are not possible with other types of smartphone.

The XZ1 Compact  comes with a  8-megapixel front camera,  with a super wide-angle 120° field of view to capture wide selfies.

3D Creator

A  key feature included on the phone is the addition of the 3D creator.  While not something that I would use very often , there is an appeal for those that  would like to  scan, save, view and edit  objects in 3D.  From there you can share photos and videos via Social Media.

The feature also allows you to have your images 3D printed, and also integrates with the Augmented Reality feature on the phones allowing you to create and use a life-like avatar to workout, dance etc.

Conclusion

While there are still improvements to be made in terms of design  and the direction in which the  3D creator  and AR feature will  go for the future,  Sony are definitely on the right track with their Xperia XZ range.

With a powerful processor and Android 8.0 Oreo on-board, these phones pack quite a punch in terms of the specs and features included. The  battery life,  display  and  camera quality are  great quality.

Both phones are available in stores now. The XZ1 is priced from €649.99 on a prepay connection and €699 SIM free.  The XZ1 compact is exclusively ranged with Vodafone and is priced from €549.99 on a prepay connection and €599 sim free.


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